When I think about the word politics going hand in hand with teaching it’s something that has always made me shudder. I have heard horror stories of teachers voicing their political opinions in and out of school and both ways having negative consequences for the teacher. After further investigation and research, I believe that future educators and current educators should be involved in digital activism and should be able to voice opinions about education that matter to them. Of course it should always be used conjunction with positive digital citizenship.
The New Face of Teen Activism blog post really opened my eyes to how powerful social media can be and is in today’s politically charged world. You can start new movements and 10 minutes later it can have reached thousands or millions of people depending on your following base. Also, these social media platforms allow people to have respectful and safe place for every walk of life to voice their political opinion. For people in today’s day and age that is a huge thing, we are forever connected to the internet, and I believe the access to these social activist platforms helps raise awareness. Although online activism isn’t for everyone, if it is getting the younger generation involved and making changes, I believe that it is a wonderful thing.
Not only is the internet helping the younger generation become more involved with politics, it is helping raise awareness of other non political movements. Bill Ferriter briefly blogged about what causes his students blog about in My Kids, a cause and our classroom blog. If you are using technology in the classroom and there is some cause that you and your students are passionate about this is something that is easy to incorporate! To me this would be something that I would love to incorporate into a Language Arts course.
When I was a high school student, I feel as if I was only concerned with normal teenage things. I think that it’s great that Gabby Frost, who started The Buddy Project, is concerned with helping the people not only directly around her but across the globe. I have embeded a video of Gabby explaining what the organization is because I know I would butcher it!
Watching Gabby come up with such an amazing idea is inspiring. I think that all of us, especially adults can learn from her movement. We can now think even further outside of the box when it comes to activism; We can now reach across the entire globe. Researching teen activists and showing our students different ways they can get involved is a great way to go, and potentially could start something like The Buddy Project.